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Evil Urges

My Morning JacketAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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“The new record, Circuital, is named after the title song,” explains Jim James, of My Morning Jacket’s sixth studio album. “On that song I sing about ending up in the same place where you started out. And that makes a lot of sense for this album… I hate the phrase ‘going back to our roots’, but for this record we came home and made it in Kentucky. And ... Read more in Amazon's My Morning Jacket Store

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B0017PB5TW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Rock With Soul June 28, 2008
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"Evil Urges" has polarized fans in their opinions about the stylistic changes MMJ has undergone since they creeped into the consciousness of the indie rock world. It is a record that is very different from the brand of Americana roots rock that they produced with their first three records. When they released "Z" in 2005, it was a stylistic departure that was surprising at first, but was largely accepted by their fans as a modern classic and a willingness to experiment akin to Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". Much of the criticism about "Evil Urges" has been directed towards what some fans perceive to be a more extreme departure from their earlier sounds than attempted with "Z" on some songs, but also a sense of playing it too safe with more traditional material on other songs. The point seems to be that "Evil Urges" is significantly less consistent than "Z" which I disagree with.

"Z" and "Evil Urges" have a very similar sequence. Both records start with falsetto infused modern rock and arty pop. Both records have a middle section comprised of more straightforward guitar driven rock and some rootsy material. And both have ending pieces that have a similar level of dramatic tension, although different in style.

That's not to say that "Evil Urges" is a copy of "Z". Its range of styles is more extreme which can come across as a band unclear in its direction but there are two themes that run through the disc that bring it all together. The first is its roots in R&B sounds both modern and classic. The ringing guitar sounds and thumping bass of the title track and both parts of "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream" plus the 70's AM radio soul of "Thank You Too!", "Sec Walkin" and "Look At You" are evidence of the band's passion for R&B that make this record so distinctive.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars your evening coat June 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Dylan. The Rolling Thunder Revue. I'm Not There. It was these things that brought My Morning Jacket, or rather Jim James, to my (re)attention. After hearing the name My Morning Jacket, and liking it, in 1999 I was largely non-blown away by this interestingly named band. However, upon watching "I'm Not There" and hearing Jim James (and Calexico) better Dylan's original version of "Goin' To Acupulco" in full Rolling Thunder Revue face paint I was definitely intrigued. "If the singer can nail that then surely his band must be worth another look" I remember musing whilst listening to said cover for about the tenth time in a row. As luck would have it My Morning Jacket were preparing a new album; the excellently titled "Evil Urges". If I was to start anywhere why not start at where they're at right now and work back. And so I did.

Evil Urges begins with a triplet of bizarre-yet-brilliant songs. After going from listening to the acoustic classicism of a Dylan cover to the rock and funk falsetto freakishness that is the albums opening gambit is quite a journey, albeit an enjoyable one. This opening section energizes, challenges and tempts the senses with its ambition, style and execution which, through reading fan reviews, has left some MMJ "traditionalists" scratching their heads. However, music is often a vehicle for change and if you're left asking questions like "why don't do they do it like they used to" then you should probably buy a U2 album and be happy at the dull familiarity of every song. This is MMJ with Prince-like sex appeal and a willingness to ditch the alt-country cloak that has been draped on them thus far.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is My Morning Jacket?!?!" June 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
That was my first response while listening to this album. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, and it wasn't in a good way. I hated this album. I hated the fact that the soaring vocals were replaced by something Prince-like, I hated the fact that nearly ALL the reverb on the previous records were gone, and I really hated the fact that there was barely any rock songs on this record. Minus a few tracks, I was ready to sell this cd.

Then something happened.

A friend of mine told me that him and his buddies were going to see My Morning Jacket live in Louisville at the Waterfront Park, and he invited me to go. I went to go see them, and I became a huge fan. I realized what they were aiming for. They wanted to show their fans that "Hey, we are influnced by a lot of classic rock, but we're also influenced by the music of today." To put it simply, live, the new songs rocked just as hard as the classics from It Still Moves, At Dawn, and Z, and fit the band like an old glove.

As bands get older, they have to evolve. There is no other choice. Radiohead did so with OK Computer, further destroying the ties to their britpop brothers. Same with Pink Floyd, same with Led Zeppelin, same with The Beatles, same with every great artist. One can see that evolutionary step in My Morning Jacket's live shows, in which case the songs range from psychedelic to country to funk to rock and roll. What Evil Urges is attempting to do is to bring that live eclectisism into an album, and it succeeds on every level. This is the music that an accomplished band like My Morning Jacket should be making after 10 years of the tried-and-true formula.

Right off the bat, Evil Urges is a song that will divide fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but Still Good
This is probably THE most divisive MMJ album bar-none. In my mind that is part of the appeal. The echo effect on James' vocals are all but gone (they were already making their exit... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T.A. Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyable album. Bought it after seeing them perform on SNL
Published 3 months ago by George F. Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Came across MMJ in an episode to Family Guy (yeah - a lot of us did). After YouTubing the "$(&% out of them, I got a few CDs and don't regret it. Excellent.
Published 6 months ago by rob0bOy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I ordered this for a friend for christmas and he said it came in perfect condition. The cd looked brand new and sounded great.
Published 6 months ago by h.eff.
1.0 out of 5 stars A mix of Kenny Rogers, Bee Gees, Prince, Joni Mitchell, DEVO and John...
This is country pop from another era. So boring. I had to put the volume to 65 %! This is outrageous!

Just listen to this tunes... Read more
Published 9 months ago by FATHERFINGER
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie go green hipster's finest
This is one of indie hipsters finest record in the last few years. The diversity, soul, humor, sarcasm of this record is impeccable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trezonator
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This was the first MMJ purchase and it convinced me to check out their other albums as well. Evil Urges
Published 13 months ago by Daniel R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmj
Jim james. My morning jacket Perfect music perfect art wort just perfect i really loved it . BUY IT NOW
Published 13 months ago by Francisco Cattan
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl is always worth it.
How can one not find at least one song on this album that they do not like? These records are thick too, which I prefer personally.
Published 13 months ago by Daniel Reekie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of song styles
I heard them for the first time as an opening band for Pearl Jam a few years ago. I loved their performance (very intense) and was hoping a bunch of songs on this album (which was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Zachary D. Connelly
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Evil Urges
So the track Evil Urges is awful? I dont think so. The falsetto singing of Jim James might take a few listens to get used to, but its a good song and the guitar duel halfway thru between Jim and Carl rocks and will be even better live. Highly Suspicious (3rd track) I didnt like at first either,... Read More
Jun 8, 2008 by Scott Piranian |  See all 16 posts
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Id actually recommend It Still Moves first (best first look into their overall sound) and At Dawn, certainly before Okonokos and before Z because Z doesnt sound at all like their older stuff and not much like the new album, plus ISM and AD are just better (not just my opinion, the opinion of most... Read More
May 20, 2008 by Scott Piranian |  See all 5 posts
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